Mount Hale is named after Reverend Edward Everett Hale of Boston, a well-known 19th Century writer and philanthropist. Early in his life, Hale helped with some of the original surveying of the White Mountains, then helped popularize the mountains through his writing. Hale was a passionate member of the Society for the Protection of NH Forests. At the American Forest Congress of 1905 he gave voice to the troubling story of White Mountain forests and endorsed the idea of forest reserves.
The Hale Brook Trail is a moderate to strenuous climb over 2.3 miles. Mount Hale’s summit, 4,054 feet above sea level, is bare but surrounded by trees, making views a little difficult. Look for the remnants of a steel fire tower constructed in 1929 to monitor the Zealand Valley. A unique natural feature of Mount Hale is the presence of magnetic rocks which spin the needle of a compass when near. The Lend-A-Hand Trail which connects the summits of Mounts Hale and Zealand is named after the magazine and charitable society Edward Hale founded, both of which focused on volunteerism.
Directions to Next Site:
Our tour’s third hike in the Zealand Valley is next. From the head of the Hale Brook Trail, travel Zealand Road 1-mile to its end (3.5 miles from Rte 302). This is the start of the Zealand Trail leading to the AMC’s Zealand Falls Hut.